IN DUE COURSE there will be a furious round of litigation in Louisiana resulting from their new Louisiana Science Education Act, which authorizes teachers to use unspecified “supplementary materials” for teaching evolution in state-run science classes.
Where will the Louisiana schools get such materials? The website of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) is already promoting various creationist books — excuse us, we mean Intelligent Design books — for befuddling the young minds of Louisiana.
We are preserving these recommendations here, because when (not if) the legally permitted “supplementary materials” are revealed in court to be unscientific religious tracts, which are unconstitutional for instruction in state-run schools, the embarrassing promotional material may vanish from the Discoveroids’ website, as happened with Pandas after the Dover litigation. (See: Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.)
Why are we confident that none of these titles will survive a constitutional challenge? It’s because the new Louisiana law is similar to the Academic Freedom Act being promoted by the Discovery Institute. For that reason alone, their recommended books will be successfully challenged. We’ve explained that before in this article: Discovery Institute’s “Academic Freedom Act” — Presumptively Void.
So here they are, the recommended (or at least promoted) reading list of the Discovery Institute. Louisiana teachers, your legislature has given you the green light. Step right up and take your pick:
We mentioned this one before, but we’ll include it here for completeness: It’s a bit of self-promotion by Jonathan Wells: What is Intelligent Design? He’s hawking his own book. The book is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. We’ve discussed Wells earlier, in this article: Food Fight: Jonathan Wells and Richard Dawkins.
Surprise! Yet another Discoveroid author is promoting her book: Science’s Blind Spot Is Still There. That article has a convenient link to where the book can be purchased: Science’s Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism.
If you like, take a look at the Intelligent Design.org Book and DVD Store, which tells us: “These recommended books and DVDs were selected by the staff of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, the leading center of research and scholarship relating to intelligent design and modern scientific challenges to the Neo-Darwinian theory of evolution.” Hey, how can you go wrong at a place like that?
This Discoveroid article, “Explore Evolution” Favorably Reviewed by Kirkus, is about Explore Evolution: The Case For And Against Neo-Darwinism. Addendum: this book is scathingly reviewed here: A biologist reviews an evolution textbook from the ID camp.
Here, Thomas Jefferson: Intelligent Design Not Based on Religion, John West mentions his own book: The Politics of Revelation and Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation.
Also, in the margin of the blog of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, there’s a clickable ad for a book by David Berlinski: The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions.
There may be more books being touted by the Discoveroids, but that’s all we saw after a quick glance at their website. It’s probably enough to keep the creationists happy in Louisiana.
Addendum: We need to add that the Discoveroids have this link: Essential Readings. If you click on that you’ll see a list of their creationist oldie-goldies, including: Darwin on Trial, by Phillip Johnson; Darwin’s Black Box, by Michael Behe; Design Inference, by William Dembski; Icons of Evolution, by Jonathan Wells; etc. Lots of “supplementary materials” for Louisiana!
Second Addendum: Another Discoveroid blog article: Billions of Missing Links: Barnacles and Mussels is promoting this book: Billions of Missing Links: A Rational Look at the Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain.
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